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Our church is led by a dedicated team of trained professionals who are committed to

personal spiritual growth and to serving Christ in ministry through Cook Baptist Church.



Senior Pastor

Dr. Fowler has been the Senior Pastor at Cook since July 2022. He previously served at Jefferson Baptist Church in Baton Rouge as Associate Pastor. Joseph is a passionate and yet humble individual who teaches and lives the Word of God. He has a strong desire to preach the Word of God, to disciple believers in the Word, and to work in the Ruston community to reach others for Christ.



College and Discipleship Pastor

Wes is a Monroe native who began his ministry at Cook in the summer of 2018. He has previously served as Youth Minister at First Baptist Church in Wisner, Louisiana and Swartz First Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Ouachita Christian School and The University of Louisiana at Monroe. Wes has a passion to see college students come to know Christ and grow in their relationship with Him.

Wes currently serves as our College and Discipleship Pastor.


Dandy Monroe

Children's Ministry Director

Dandy joined our team in 2022 and brings 27 years of experience as an educator in the Ouachita Parish School System to our Kids Ministry at Cook. She is a graduate of LA Tech University where she received her Bachelors in Sociology as well as her post-graduate studies and certifications in Education. Throughout her career, Dandy has served in various roles, including 19 years in the classroom, and then 4 years as Library Media Specialist at Calhoun Middle School. Dandy moved from the classroom to a district position in 2018 where she served as OPSS Title II Professional Development Coordinator until her retirement in 2022.  During her career as an educator, she grew to love mentoring teachers and future educators so that they feel supported and appreciated for their hard work and devotion.  She will continue to support and encourage educators in our local schools, as well as our teachers here at Cook.  Combining her love for teaching kids and supporting teachers as a ministry is a dream come true!

As a member of Cook for many years, Dandy has passionately served in our children’s ministry as our VBS Director and Worship Rally Leader, Children’s Music and Choir Director, and Children’s Church Leader. She has also participated in our Adult Choir and Praise Team, among many other volunteer roles. Dandy’s vision is to partner with parents and other leaders of Cook to lead children to Christ and help them grow in biblical truths so they can grow up to be godly parents and leaders and continue sharing the gospel for generations to come.

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Michael Holmes

Youth Pastor

Michael joined our staff at Cook in January 2024! We are excited to have him leading our youth! Michael is a senior at Louisiana Tech originallyfrom Baton Rouge, LA.



Worship Leader

Jason has been a member at Cook his whole life. He loves serving at Cook with his talented wife and kids!

Jason leads our Sunday worship services, directs our adult choir, and has a hand in all things music and media related at Cook.

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